Breast augmentation with implants or autologous fat
The Maison Tóā Clinic specializes in this cosmetic surgery procedure. The procedure is performed with the placement of implants or by lipofilling. When a woman has flat, small or non-existent breasts, it can lead to a complex. This is why this operation is nowadays one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures, as it reveals the desired femininity!
What about lipofilling?
This cosmetic surgery procedure is performed under general anaesthetic or local anesthesia with sedation, lasts between 2 to 3 hours and is usually performed on an outpatient basis. The process is as follows: the patient’s fat is first removed by liposuction from the areas to be reshaped (stomach, inner thighs, hips). Then the fat is centrifuged and transferred via several small incisions into the chest, which leaves only slight scars that fade quickly. Lipofilling allows you to gain up to one bra cup size.
When will the results be visible?
Results are visible immediately after the surgeon’s intervention. Over the course of several weeks, the breasts appear fuller, firmer and help to achieve a result that restores self-confidence. In the case of breast augmentation, the shape of the breast is definitive from the third month, once the swelling has completely subsided and the bruising has disappeared. This is also the time needed for the skin to regain its elasticity and embrace the shape of the implants.
During a lipofilling procedure, the results are definitive after about 6 months, because more than half of the injected fat will be resorbed.
What are the postoperative effects?
Following the operation, the surgeon places drains to drain a residual hematoma, which will be removed the next day. Painkillers are prescribed in the first few days to relieve the pain.
Although the techniques used nowadays are innovative, it is still necessary to count on 10 days to 2 weeks of convalescence. The patient will have to wear a sports bra 24 hours a day without underwiring for 30 days. As long as the healing is not complete, intense physical activity, sauna or hammam sessions, carrying heavy loads and exposure to sunlight should be avoided.
What are the possible complications?
Although very rare, the risks of complications must be taken seriously. They include possible complications related to the procedure itself and more generally to any surgical procedure: immediate post-op bleeding, wound infection, hematoma, seroma.
- Complications more specific to breast implants are
Infection of the implant: in 1% of cases. If antibiotics do not resolve the problem, it will be necessary to remove the implants
- Decreased peri-areolar sensitivity: sensitivity may be altered during the first few months after surgery, but in most cases it returns
- A displacement of the implant or a rotation for anatomical implants: it is then necessary to operate again to put it back in place
- Capsular contracture or capsulitis: a fibrous envelope made by the body that surrounds the implant. Over time, this envelope may contract, causing discomfort and a less harmonious appearance of the breast. In this case, it is necessary to operate in order to remove this capsule (capsulectomy), and to put new implants
FAQs on recovery from breast augmentation surgery.
If you want to get the best possible result from your breast augmentation surgery, you must take your recovery seriously. Very seriously. Some patients may be surprised to learn that it plays a crucial role in achieving excellent plastic surgery results. The way you take care of yourself after surgery directly influences how quickly and how well you heal. The better you heal, the less chance there is of post-operative complications.
Your plastic surgeon’s skill and experience are extremely important, but each patient is responsible for how she manages her recovery once she leaves our office. Instead of finding this intimidating, I encourage patients to feel empowered by the fact that their choices and actions can influence the outcome of their surgery. Plastic surgery is truly a partnership between the patient and the surgeon. We each play a role and we must assume it to the best of our ability.
Before you go home after your breast augmentation procedure, your plastic surgeon will give you a list of very specific instructions regarding post-operative care. Following these instructions will ensure that you recover quickly and comfortably and do not inadvertently cause complications to your recovery.
Have questions during your recovery? “Avoid consulting Dr. Google! The Internet puts a world of information at your fingertips, but you need to be careful about the credibility of the source behind that information, especially when it comes to the world of medicine and your health,” advises Dr. Sophie Nordback. If you have any questions during your recovery, such as whether something is normal or when to phase out a certain medication, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your Tóā House and your surgeon. We care about you, your recovery and your results, and we’re here for you every step of the way!”
Put away your running shoes and dumbbells and avoid exercising too soon after your breast augmentation surgery. After surgery, your body’s energy should be focused on repair and healing. If you resume a regular exercise program too quickly, you will not only lose that energy, but you will also risk injury and complications. Dr. Sophie Nordback will give you very detailed instructions on when and how to safely resume physical activity after breast augmentation.
Celebrate your new body, but avoid cigarettes and alcohol while doing so. “You will be advised to abstain from alcohol in the weeks before and after your breast augmentation,” says Dr. Sophie Nordback. “Alcohol should be avoided at these times because it can interact negatively with some of the antibiotics and pain medications you are prescribed. Alcohol can even influence the effects of anesthesia during your surgery.” Smoking should also be avoided before and after your breast augmentation. This includes chewing tobacco and vaping. In addition to putting you at a higher risk for breast cancer and other cancers, the nicotine in tobacco products can damage blood vessels, decrease the amount of oxygen delivered to damaged tissues and compromise your body’s healing after surgery.
Eat well after surgery to have energy for healing, but avoid junk food. “Your body can burn an exorbitant number of calories while recovering from surgery,” says Dr. Sophie Nordback. During this time, you’ll want to make sure you eat healthy, nutrient-rich foods that aren’t loaded with sodium and sugar to give it the energy it needs. Too much sodium can cause swelling, and sugar can even trigger inflammation in some patients. Plan and prepare healthy meals before your surgery so you can relax afterward and have healthy options on hand.”
Use your prescribed pain medication. Pain management is a crucial factor in a healthy and comfortable recovery from breast augmentation surgery. If you want the best results from your breast augmentation, follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions for postoperative care to the letter. These instructions are designed to ensure your safety and optimize your recovery. These instructions exist to keep you safe and healthy and set the stage for a speedy recovery so you can enjoy your beautiful results sooner!”
Please note that our aesthetic clinic also performs breast reduction treatment.
A breast augmentation is not trivial. In order to make this project a success and to understand your expectations, I will take all the time necessary to listen to you. Then I will propose you the breast implants, a simulation on our 3D program and the operation that you need.
Ambulatory or 1 night
Work: 1 week
Sport: 6 weeks